While there may be some challenges and stress that come with directing the Christian Civic League, there are also many blessings. One such blessing was an unexpected invitation to attend a Christmas reception at the White House last Tuesday. Terri and I were already in Nebraska visiting our youngest son’s family for Thanksgiving. We decided that since the night of the reception was my 62nd birthday and this December marks our 40th anniversary, we would splurge and divert our trip home to include three days in Washington, D.C.
On Monday evening, we had a beautiful moonlight tour of the monuments. I’ve been to DC many times, but I have never had the time to visit it by night. It was gorgeous and inspiring. One of the most emotional parts of this tour was being in the Jefferson Memorial alone and reading his quote inscribed on the monument wall:
God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever…
We started off Tuesday with a visit with Sen. Collins at her office in the Dirksen Building. It was evident that this has been a very stressful time for her as she has been dealing protesters at her home and Covid 19 relief negotiations. She expressed her appreciation for the work of the League during her re-election bid. She also mentioned she was going to be spending time in Georgia helping out with the critical senatorial races there. I thank the Lord for the opportunity to pray for her before we left.
We walked from the Dirksen building down the National Mall to the Museum of the Bible. We very much enjoyed this attraction funded by the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby. It was especially delightful because it was decorated for Christmas (you can see the Bethlehem Star in the pictures I’ve posted). I highly recommend you check it out if you have not had the chance to see it.
That night we had the wonderful privilege and honor to attend the Christmas reception at the White House. It was a smaller gathering than usual due to the pandemic (with masks except when eating or socially distanced photo taking). I wish you all could have experienced the beauty of the decorations, the edible gingerbread White House, the live orchestra, and of course seeing President Trump. I hope you enjoy the photos I’ve included to get a bit of the feel of this special trip.
League Year-End Campaign
I have a confession. I am sure most of you can imagine that asking for money is not one of my favorite responsibilities. I also must confess that sometimes I worry more than I should because God has promised to meet our needs. With that being said, I am asking all our ministry friends to pray about participating in the League’s Year-End Campaign. We usually raise around $50,000 at the end of each year, but due to the pandemic and other challenges, we need to raise $100,000 for us to be financially sound for 2021. Please join me in prayer for a successful Year-End Campaign.
Thank you to all of you who have given already.
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December 27th, 2020
Deering Community Church
4 Brentwood St., Portland
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